I had some short stories, poems and photographs to share ... and so here I am

A Pause For A Poem


an abundance of mist

if I remember rightly,
the spray undid my curls,
the fountain mocking us

for making it star in
our autumn wedding, for
snuggling up too close.

my dear papa hid behind
the lens, the camera
his crutch, desperate to

focus on the smiles, to
have a task away from
mama’s tear-swollen face.

now we’re back after all
this time, our own baby
happily immortalized in

the same spot, believing
our years of good luck
came from that fountain.

as my sweet man captures
the embrace, I watch from
a distance, finding myself

no longer immune to tears,
hoping with all my heart
for an abundance of mist.

© Copyright, 2007. Seamus Kearney.


Unknown said...

That's lovely, Seamus, a delightful sense of history and memories weaves its way through your poem.

Kay Cooke said...

That is a great poem - it fits the photo like a glove.

S. Kearney said...

Thanks AV,
I'm glad you liked it. I wanted it to be happy and sad at the same time.

Thank you CB,
I'd been wanting to write a poem to match that picture ever since I snapped it in New York last year. I stood beside the official wedding photographer, but the couple didn't seem to mind. That sunlight and the mist were just too good not to shoot. :-)

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

I love that.

Thank you.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

S. Kearney said...

Hey, thanks, Wanderlust. I'm glad you liked it.

Anonymous said...

It feels as if you saw the image and and then wrote the poem. It has quite a splash.

Vesper said...

Absolutely lovely, Seamus, starting with the perfect title. Happy and sad, just as life is...

Anonymous said...

Life comes a full circle. It is happy and at the same time sad...

S. Kearney said...

Well spotted!:-) I often write poems based on photographs I've taken, imagining some kind of story behind the scene.

Thanks Vesper, yes, I also like the title ... conjures up something mystical, hopefully. :-)

Gautami, thanks. The past having a bearing on the present, history repeating itself, we're all just passing through. Oh, dear, I feel malancholic now! :-)

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